Is your school using coaching to support whole-school improvement?

This course aims to build participants’ understanding of how coaching can be used to transform practice and drive school improvement. It helps equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to become highly effective coaches, who are able to support colleagues to reach their full potential.

The course was developed in partnership with One Education, a leading provider of education services to schools and academies.



This course is suitable for any member of staff involved in coaching. It consists of four sessions, that can be easily adapted to the timings and needs of your school.


Sessions in detail

Session 1 - Introduction to coaching


  • Develop a baseline for existing coaching practice
  • Arrive at an agreed personalised definition of what coaching is
  • Establish buy-in for coaching as an effective, evidence-based approach for transforming practice
  • Secure understanding of how and when coaching can be used to positively impact on pupil outcomes

Session 2 - Practical coaching skills


  • Explore the skills needed for effective coaching
  • Develop knowledge and skills in active listening, non-verbal communication, the effective use of questioning, goal identification and the use of research
  • Develop an understanding of how to undertake collaborative coaching effectively

Session 3 - Applying coaching knowledge and skills to practice


  • Explore how to apply coaching skills and knowledge to your own practice
  • Develop coaching skills and explore the effectiveness of coaching pairs
  • Put practice into policy by creating a whole-school coaching strategy

Session 4 - Embedding coaching across the whole school


  • To review and refine coaching practices across the school
  • To develop a sustained collaborative learning culture where coaching can thrive
  • To develop an agreed focus and success criteria for coaching across the school

How it works

We've created The Key CPD Toolkit to take the time, cost and effort out of developing your own training.

“The staff really did enjoy the session and we could see the impact in lesson observations the following day."    Carmel Dodds, facilitator, The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

Using our training is simple:

1. Download the materials, created with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind

2. Quickly adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school 

3. Deliver engaging training, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance

4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support